RIM Launches New Smartphones, Operating System

TORONTO — Research in Motion debuted two new BlackBerry Bold smartphones and its new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which will power all of its future devices.

The company said that the new devices — BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 — are the thinnest and most powerful BlackBerry smartphones to date.

Powered by a 1.2 GHz processor, the smartphones feature the BlackBerry keyboard with a high resolution seven-centimeter touch screen and will be the last smartphones to run on the company’s old operating system before BlackBerry 7 kicks in.

“These exceptional smartphones are built on a new, performance-driven platform powered by the BlackBerry 7 operating system and designed to deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity for users around the world,” RIM said in a statement.

"These fully-loaded and beautifully-crafted smartphones offer a highly refined user experience with blazingly fast performance, a brilliant touch screen and an outstanding typing experience," said Mike Lazaridis, Research in Motion president and CEO.

The company also highlighted the phones' five-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities and 8GB of internal memory.

Both of the smartphones have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS and are expected to ship worldwide this summer.